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Error Starting DaRT 8.1 When Installed on Windows Server 2012 RTM

INTRODUCTION I’ve run in to this issue every time when setting up DaRT 8.1 on Windows Server 2012 RTM, and therefore assume that this is a common problem. Please drop a comment if you know why this occurs and if I am doing it wrong in any way 🙂 DaRT 8.1 is intended to run on Windows Server 2012 R2, but installs fine on Windows Server 2012 RTM. This is as long as you run the setup file as an administra…

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Custom templates not showing when deployed to non-English Office 2010/2013 installations

INTRODUCTION I won’t go in to how you deploy custom templates in Microsoft Office, but there is one important thing you need to do if deploying custom Microsoft Office templates in any other language than English. When deploying a custom template, you need to create an XML file which loads the actual templates when the users starts an Office application. SOLUTION The problem with this is, that if you use the template for the XML provided on TechNet with a,…

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Blog, Powershell

Powershell: Script to set Outlook 2010/2013 signature using information populated from Active Directory

< Note: This post has been updated. Refer to this post for a new version of the script. The other week I needed a script to set an Outlook signature on all machines in the environment. I had a look around, and found some old VBScript solutions, but also a few using Powershell. The only script that came close to my needs was the one provided by Jan Egil: http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/office/6f7eee4b-1f42-499e-ae59-1aceb26100de, but it returned quite a few errors, was missing some…

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How to create an MDT Task Sequence template

INTRODUCTION If you are working with MDT, you are most likely creating new task sequences every now and then. When doing this, you might either create a new task sequence from scratch or maybe you are copying another task sequence. I have run in to numerous issues with copying task sequences in MDT, so what I do is that I create a template instead, that has all the basic steps that I want there. SOLUTION Creating a template in MDT…

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How To Force an SCCM Client Out of Provisioning Mode

INTRODUCTION The other day I had an issue at a customer, where the installations of new computers ran without any errors, but once logging in, it was obvious that everything was not right. The reason why we noticed that something was wrong, was that all new computers that had been installed, were missing the SCEP client. Looking at the server side, everything looked fine, so it had to be something on the client side. Issues that were present: 1. SCEP…

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How to update Flash Player using Powershell App Deployment Toolkit and SCCM

  This guide assumes that Internet Explorer is the only browser being used in your organization. 1. Download the Powershell App Deployment Toolkit here: https://psappdeploytoolkit.codeplex.com/ 2. Use this template for Deploy-Application.ps1:

3. If you want to turn off Automatic Updates, create a file called “mms.cfg” containing this:

Place it in the folder “SupportFiles” 4. Continue from step 3 in the previous guide I wrote about Updating Java using Powershell App Deployment Toolkit 5. Done!  

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How to read contents from all text files in a directory and add them to a single text file using Powershell

Here’s a short Powershell tip that can be useful. If you have a directory with text files and want to add the content to a single text file, you can use this command:

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Powershell Script to Add Users From a File to an AD Group Using Alternate Credentials

Here is a short script which you can use to add users to an Active Directory Group. Just add a list of users in a text file, in this case called “users.txt”. Run the script and enter the credentials that has the appropriate permissions. Replace “Test_Group” with the group that you want to add the users to. A tip is to add the -WhatIf statement after “Add-ADGroupMember -Credential $cred -Identity Test_Group -Member $_”, just to make sure that the script…

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How to configure a Remote Desktop exception in the Windows Firewall for different languages using Powershell

INTRODUCTION Setting a firewall exception is a simple job right? Well, it is, if you are running an English OS. As soon as the OS language is something else, the exception group will also change to that language. In the case of Swedish, the name will be “Fjärrskrivbord” instead of “Remote Desktop”. This might be tricky if you want to do this on a quite a few computers with different languages. SOLUTION One way of doing it is by writing…

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